Leitrim comfortably won their opening FBD League game against GMIT by 8 points. Weather conditions left the playing of the game in doubt as widespread fog enveloped the grounds at approximately 1:30pm however 40 minutes later with a 10 minute delay the Ref threw the ball in. Leitrim reqistered the first score in the 3rd minute from No. 14 Declan Maxwell. In the 8th minute GMIT opened their score with a close in free for No. 13 Tomas Costelloe.

Leitrim got into their stride and registered a half time tally of 1-08 to GMITs 0-2. Leitrims goal coming from Daniel Lowe with Michael Foley contributing 4 points from frees and further points from Declan Maxwell, Shane Canning and Dara McKiernan.

The second half saw a more upbeat GMIT side push harder and they registered 2 points from frees with 3 more from play. Leitrim didn t have the same sparkle in the second half but never let GMIT settle into the game and added 4 more points from Michael Foley, Dara McKiernan (2) and Declan Maxwell.

Leitrim introduced 2 subs at half time: Michael Poinard and Darren Duignan for David McHugh and Daniel Beck. Three other subs Gavin MCweeney, Brian O Donnell and Fergal Meehan made their appearances during the second half for Dara McKiernan, Shane Canning and Pat Gilmartin.

Final score: Leitrim 1-12 0-07 GMIT

Leitrims Starting 15:

1. Cathal McCrann
2. Dermot Reynolds
3. John McKeon
4. Ciaran Kennedy
5. David McHugh
6. Barry McWeeney
7. Pat Gilmartin
8. Gary McCloskey
9. Daniel Lowe
10. Daniel Beck
11. Shane Canning
12. Michael Foley
13. Ciaran Duignan
14. Declan Maxwell
15. Dara McKiernan

16. John Prior
17. Michael Poniard
18. Derek Kelleher
19. Francis Holohan
20. Shane Foley
21. Michael Greene
22. Fergal Meehan
23. Cathal Quinn
24. Chris Carroll
25. Noel Doonan
26. Gavin McWeeney
27. Darren Duignan
28. Damien O?Donnell
29. Anton Arandelovic
30. Finian Sharpley
31. Brian O?Donnell



08-Jan-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

The following Leitrim squad played a very useful challenge game against Sligo IT last Tuesday night under lights in Sligo. Leitrim finished on top with a 3 point win.

C McCrann,
C Kennedy, J McKeon, D Reynolds
F Holohan, P Gilmartin, D McHugh
G McCloskey, D Lowe
M Foley, B Guckian, D Duignan
C Duignan, D Maxwell, D McKiernan

Subs used: J Prior, D Beck, N Doonan, F Meehan, D Kelleher, G McWeeney, A Arandelovic, B McWeeney, M Poniard.

M Foley (0-4)
B Guckian (0-3)
D McKiernan (0-1)
C Duignan (0-1)
A Arandelovic (0-1)
F Meehan (0-1)

The final score was Leitrim 0-11 Sligo IT 0-08



06-Jan-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Competitive football starts at home for the Senior Football team on this Sunday January 8th in [b]Bornacoola[/b] as the FBD League competition opens the 2006 season with 3 home games.

Leitrims first opponents are GMIT, followed by Galway on January 15th and then Sligo on January 22nd. The Throw-in times are at 2pm for each game.

[b]Round 1[/b] – Sun, Jan 8th
Leitrim v GMIT & Galway v Sligo – 2pm (Leitrims venue – Bornacoola)

[b]Round 2[/b] – Sun, Jan 15th
Leitrim v Galway & Sligo v GMIT – 2pm (Leitrims venue – P?irc Sean)

[b]Round 3[/b] – Sun, Jan 22nd
Leitrim v Sligo & Galway v GMIT – 2pm (Leitrims venue – TBC)

[b]Home Final[/b] – TBA

[b]Final[/b] – Home Winners v New York – Oct 8th 2006



03-Jan-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Our Senior and U21 county players are busy preparing for the up and coming competitions. While both groups have only recently returned to training they definitely are doing so with some gusto. Large numbers are in attendance at each session as each player fights to remain on the panel for 2006.

Over the last 2 weeks there were challenge games against Wicklow and Westmeath.
These games have given new players a chance to prove themselves. Below is a list of players who participated at each level:

[b]Senior[/b] Challenge against Wicklow
Cathal McCrann
Ciaran Kennedy
John McKeon
Derek Kellegher
Fergal Meehan
David McHugh
Francis Holohan
Karol Scollan
Cathal Quinn
Michael Foley
Barry Prior
Daniel Beck
Shane Canning
Declan Maxwell
Ciaran Duignan

Subs used:
John Prior
Michael Poinard
Brendan Guckian
Damian O Donnell
Karol Scollan
Micheal Earley
Christy McGowan
Dara McKiernan
Daniel Lowe
Gary Reynolds
Noel Doonan
Michael Greene
Darren Duignan
Dermot Reynolds
Ciaran O FlynnÓgavin McWeeney

[b]U21[/b] Challenge against Westmeath
Cathal McCrann
Ciaran O Flynn
Barry Butler
James Clancy
Liam Ferguson
Barry McWeeney
Colm Farrelly
Daniel Lowe
Brendan Guckian
Christy McGowan
Barry Prior
Daniel Beck
Damian O Donnell
Gavan McWeeney

Subs used:
Adrian O Flynn
Darren Sweeney
Ronan Kennedy
David O Connor

[b]Senior[/b] Challenge against Westmeath
John Prior
Ciaran Kennedy
Derek Kellegher
Dermot Reynolds
Francis Holohan
David McHugh
Michael Greene
Gary McCloskey
Pat Gilmartin
Michael Foley
Noel Doonan
Micheal Earley
Ciaran Duignan
Shane Canning
Dara McKiernan

Subs Used:
Sean McGourty
Michael Poinard



20-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle

The recipients for the 2005 Football awards have been announced and are as follows:

Hall of Fame: [b]Mick Kilkenny[/b]

Mick who resides in Dublin is originally from Aughavas and he played for Tully (Carrigallen) some moons ago. He captained the Leitrim team to an All Ireland Junior (home) title in 1938.

County Player of the Year: [b]Chris Carroll[/b] (Kiltubrid)

Becoming a legend in his own time, Chris has clocked up many years with the County team. He is the current captain of the senior team and is normally found to be wearing the number 8 jersey as he leads his team-mates in pursuit of success.

County Club Player of the Year: [b]Enda McKeon[/b] (Kiltubrid)

Enda McKeon has proved to be a likely opponent for many a forward in Leitrim and he is very deserving of this award for his commitment to club football with Kiltubrid. Like the rest of his team-mates Enda has also enjoyed winning his first ever Senior Championship medal this year.

Referee of the Year: [b]Raymond McBrien[/b]

Ray started refereeing 3 years ago and has gone from strength to strength as 2005 saw him referee 5 prominent finals including Junior Championship, Senior League, Ladies Senior Championship, Minor League and School Boys Final.

Congratulations to our very worthy recipients !



07-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle

The GAA have confirmed the list of fixtures for the Allianz football and hurling leagues for 2006.

Leitrim are in Division 2A in the Football and in 3A in the Hurling.

The footballers start off with an away game to Donegal. The rest of the games include 4 home games to Clare, London, Longford and Roscommon and 2 other away games to Carlow and Limerick.

The Hurlers have 2 home games to Louth and Donegal and 2 away games to Monaghan and Sligo.

[b]– 2006 ALLIANZ NFL –[/b]
Division 2A

Round 1 – Feb 5: Donegal v Leitrim

Round 2 – Feb 12: Leitrim v Clare

Round 3 – Mar 5: Leitrim v London

Round 4 – Mar 12: Leitrim v Longford

Round 5 – Mar 19: Carlow v Leitrim

Round 6 – Mar 26: Leitrim v Roscommon

Round 7 – Apr 9: Limerick v Leitrim

Semi-Finals – Apr 16: Div 1 & Div. 2 Semi-Finals

Finals – Apr 23: Div 1 & Div. 2 Finals

[b]– 2006 ALLIANZ NHL — [/b]
Division 3A

Round 1 – Feb 19: Leitrim v Louth

Round 2 – Feb 26: Monaghan v Leitrim

Round 3 – Mar 11: Sligo v Leitrim

Round 4 – Mar 25: Leitrim v Donegal

Round 5 – Apr 2: Leitrim bye

Apr 9: Division 1, Division 2, Division 3

Apr 16: Division 1, Division 2, Division 3

Apr 30: Division 1, Division 2. Division 3



06-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle

Up to an including 2005, championship status has been decided by league status. However, from 2006, league and championship competitions will be run exclusive of each other. Changes in the 2005 championships mean that seven teams will be relegated from senior status, six from intermediate and a further two from Junior A. (No teams will be promoted.)

Senior: The top two teams in each group (eight teams in total) qualify for the quarter-finals of the Senior Championship and will play in the Senior Championship in 2006.

The other eleven teams will enter the Senior B championship, where they ll be divided into two groups. The top two teams in each group will retain senior status for 2006, while all other teams will be relegated to the Intermediate championship. (The top team in each group will contest the Senior B final.)

Intermediate: Six teams will be relegated to the Junior A Championship for 2006. Four of these teams will be the teams that finish third and fourth in the two groups of four teams and the fifth will be the team that finishes third in the group of three after the first round robin stage.

The losing team in the two quarter-finals (Winner Group 1 v Runner-up Group 2, Winner Group 3 v Runner-up Group 1) and the losing team of the semi-final featuring the winner of group 2 v runner-up of group 3 will enter a further round robin competition, with the bottom team to be relegated to the Junior A Championship in 2006.

Junior A: The bottom team in both groups will be relegated to the Junior B Championship in 2006.

[b]2006 Championships[/b]
Based on the results in the 2005 Championship, the teams competing in the respective championships in 2006 will be as follows:

Senior (12 teams): Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Aughawillan, Bornacoola, Mohill, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Gortletteragh, Kiltubrid, Melvin Gaels, Sean O Heslins, St. Caillins, St. Marys.

Intermediate (12 teams): Allen Gaels, Aughavas, Aughnasheelin, Ballinaglera, Carrigallen, Cloone, Dromahaire, Drumkeerin, Drumreilly, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, St. Marys.

Junior A (12 teams): Aughavas, Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Aughawillan, Bornacoola, Carrigallen, Drumkeerin, Eslin, Gortletteragh, Melvin Gaels, Mohill, Sean O Heslins.

Junior B: Annaduff, Ballinaglera, Cloone, Dromahaire, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Kiltubrid, Leitrim Gaels, Mohill, St. Caillins, St. Marys.

Junior C: Aughavas, Aughnasheelin, Bornacoola, Drumreilly, Eslin, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, Gortletteragh, Leitrim Gaels, St. Osnatts, Sean O Heslins.

(This list is based on the teams that affiliated in 2005. Of the 56 affiliated teams for Leagues 2005, 54 took part in the 2005 Championships, the exceptions being Ballinagleras second team and Aughavas third team. Should these teams participate in the Championships of 2006, they will be placed as above)

[b]League 2006[/b]
The league status of teams for 2006 will be based on the final 2005 league positions.



15-Nov-05 by Paddy Reilly

The draw for the 2006 Connacht Senior Football Championship was made last Friday evening in Killarney, with Leitrim receiving a bye to the semi-final stage. However, they ll face a tough outing against Mayo, if last years beaten All-Ireland quarter-finalists can successfuly overcome London, who have caused problems for visitors to Ruislip in recent years.

On the other side of the draw, Roscommon will travel to New York, with the winner meeting either Galway or Sligo in the semi-final. Dates for all ties will be announced soon. The full draw is as follows:

Galway v Sligo
New York v Roscommon
London v Mayo

Leitrim v Mayo/LonDonegalway/Sligo v New York/Roscommon



14-Nov-05 by Paddy Reilly

With all games completed in the 2005 Masonite League, the make-up of next years league has been finalised. A slight re-structuring means that there will be a reduction from six to five divisions in 2006, with two-up-two-down relegation in place across all divisions.

As explained elsewhere on this site, the league and championship structures will operate exclusively of each other from next year, meaning there ll be two Division 1 teams competing in the Intermediate Championship (Aughavas, Drumreilly) and two Division 2 teams competing in the Senior Championship (Glencar/Manorhamilton, Sean O Heslins).

Division 1 (12 teams): Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Aughavas, Aughawillan, Bornacoola, Drumreilly, Gortletteragh, Kiltubrid, Melvin Gaels, Mohill, St. Caillins, St. Marys.

Division 2 (10 teams): Aughnasheelin, Ballinaglera, Carrigallen, Cloone, Dromahaire, Drumkeerin, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, Sean O Heslins, St. Marys.

Division 3 (10 teams): Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Aughavas, Aughawillan, Bornacoola, Drumkeerin, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Gortletteragh, Mohill, Sean O Heslins.

Division 4 (12 teams): Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Ballinaglera, Carrigallen, Cloone, Dromahaire, Eslin, Kiltubrid, Leitrim Gaels, Melvin Gaels, St. Caillins, St. Marys.

Division 5 (12 teams): Aughavas, Aughnasheelin, Bornacoola, Drumreilly, Eslin, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, Gortletteragh, Leitrim Gaels, Mohill, Sean O Heslins, St. Osnatts.



13-Nov-05 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim must compete in the Tommy Murphy cup this weekend in the first round against Tipperary. The details of the fixture were finally announced yesterday evening and Leitrim must travel to Thurles to play Tipperary at 5pm on Saturday evening.

The Tommy Murphy Cup is causing major headaches for the County GAC who have had to make a major decision to deferr next weekends Round 2 of the Senior Championship. This round will be moved to the end of the list and the championship will resume on the weekend of the 23rd-24th July with Round 3. One game which will be played is last weekends postponed fixture betweenÓglenfarne/Kiltyclogher v Gortletteragh which will be played on Sunday evening at 5:30pm in Ballinaglera.

The inclusion of Leitrim in the Tommy Murphy Cup is causing quite a stir in Leitrim and is making it very difficult for clubs as their County representatives are called back to duty. This is a year when a lot is a stake for Clubs as the Championship will decide which 7 of the current Senior clubs will have to drop a grade.

On the positive side the GAC have asked clubs to use this weekend to complete some outstanding League games which had previously been cancelled. As a result there are currently 4 x Division 1, 3 x Division 2 and 2 x Division 3 games rescheduled for this weekend. This decision will free up a weekend further along the line. This will mean that 235 out of 236 league fixtures will have been completed in a very busy league programme. Divisions 1 to 3 will be almost ready for the Tier 2 stage of the League competition which will start immediately after the Championship ends.



12-Jul-05 by

The Group 4 Annaduff v MevlinÓgaels game is in Bornacoola at the earlier time of 6:00pm on Saturday evening.



05-Jul-05 by GAC

Leitrim County Board are delighted to announce Des Dolans commitment to Leitrim football for at least one more year.

Following recent nÓgotiations and last nights ratification by the Leitrim County Board Executive it is confirmed that Des will remain as Manager of our Senior football team for the 2006 season.



05-Jul-05 by PRO